Answer: What you've experienced is pretty common among gardeners. If you've got some time, you can make inexpensive, long lasting labels out of old slats from vinyl mini-blinds. Just head to the nearest thrift store and purchase a light-colored mini-blind. Remove the slats and cut them into 6 inch lengths. You can cut one end into a point for ease in placing it in the ground. Use an indelible marker and write the name of the plant sideways on the slat. Then push it into the soil next to your plant. The slats weather well and will last for years. If you're into something a little more eye-appealing, just mark plant names on smooth river rocks and place them under, or at the foot of plants. If you're artistic, add some artwork!
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